After manager Mike Roberts hinted at a possible fight over the weekend, it didn’t take long for Chael Sonnen to formally call out Michael Bisping himself. The controversial middleweight sent an email to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva on Monday requesting a showdown with MMA’s newest bad boy.
After clowning Bisping in a few pre-fight videos, Jorge Rivera was well aware he’d be facing a motivated Brit at UFC 127. However, walking away with a 2ndRound TKO victory simply didn’t satisfy “The Count” on Saturday.
As if circling back to taunt his defeated opponent wasn’t enough, Bisping did so after making a beeline for Rivera’s corner and spitting in their direction.
Here is the email Sonnen sent to Mr. Joe Silva (Courtesy of MMAWeekly):
To: Joe Silva, Matchmaker Extraordinaire, Ultimate Fighting Championship
Re: Spitsbing & his tainted victory
If you get a chance to talk with him, please mention to your idiot-in-residence Michael Spitsbing it’ll be a little tougher to knee ME in the head when I’m charging at him like a runaway train and mincing him through the fence like a boiled potato, should we ever have the pleasure of each other’s company for a few (VERY few) moments in the Octagon.
Oh; and I’d suggest to him being a little careful about spitting on any of MY cornermen, since any one of them can beat him up as badly as I can. Thanks ever so much.
Hope all is well.
Sonnen is currently facing a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty money laundering in January. If his March 28th sentencing goes according to plan, Sonnen will cop a plea and only have to fork over $10k and be placed on two years probation.
He’ll be eligible to return to action after March 2nd when his six-month UFC 117 drug suspension expires. However, the 33-year-old was placed on a temporary ban by UFC president Dana White after his legal woes surfaced.
Speaking of cracking the whip, White told MMAFighting on Monday Bisping would also be disciplined for his deplorable antics. White did not specify what the punishment would comprise of.